Raheem Morris can't make up his mind on a quarterback

Maybe the Buccaneers should have courted quarterback Brett Favre.  We say that because it appears Favre and Tampa coach Raheem Morris might have developed an instant rapport.

And we say they might have developed an instant rapport because they each have trouble making decisions.

At a Friday press conference, Morris said that he still hasn’t decided on a starting quarterback.

“We will here in the near future,” Morris promised.  “As soon as we reach it, you will be third to know.”

The first to find out will be ownership, the second will be the team and the rest of the coaching staff.

Morris previously vowed to make a decision before the third preseason game, emphasizing the importance of having the starter under center for the contest that represents the closest thing to a real game.

But the decision, Morris says, won’t be influenced by ownership, with a small qualifier.

“For the most part, it is information for
our ownership,” Morris said.  “They like information just like you guys do.  You own the
team; you don’t want to read in the paper about who your starting
quarterback is.  You probably want the guy that works for you to come
tell you like a man.  That’s just one of those things, I don’t want you
guys to read too much into that that I have . . . ownership sitting around saying, ‘Well, I think this guy is our
starting quarterback.’  No it’s not that type of deal.  It’s just
information respect-wise for your boss.”

Morris also disputed Byron Leftwich’s position that the team needs to know who the starters will be.

“They don’t,” Morris said.  “We thrive our team on being
mentally tough.  These guys have to be mentally tough.  This is part of
it.  You don’t ever know who’s going to play based on injuries; you
don’t ever know who’s going to play based on positional starts, so
whatever their situation may be.  This is just another test for our
team, just another test for our organization.  These guys will fit in
well.  These guys have bought into all we’ve done.  Byron will be fine. 
I’m not worried about that one bit.“

Actually, Leftwich should know that a team doesn’t need to know the name of the starter in order to thrive.  Precisely 104 weeks ago today, presumed starter Leftwich was poop-canned by the Jaguars and David Garrard was installed as the starter. 

The team responded to the turmoil by making it to the playoffs.

Though the playoffs might not be in the cards for the Bucs, this “none of the above” approach isn’t hurting the rest of the team — primarily since the rest of the team already realizes that much shouldn’t be expected from the quarterback position this year.

Regardless of who’s throwing the passes.

Or, if Leftwich gets the job, loading the catapult.

16 responses to “Raheem Morris can't make up his mind on a quarterback

  1. I’d have trouble making a decision too if my choices were:
    1. Jump out of a 12-story window
    2. Be pushed out of a 12-story window
    3. Be thrown through the glass of a 12-story window
    None are terribly pleasant or are likely to have a good ending.
    Just like the Bucs starting QB decision.

  2. I hate to say this but right now with the way that Morris is running this team, It is hard to really say that the guy that gets traded is the loser. He may actually go to a team that goes to the play-offs and even the SB…. As one of the backups.

  3. So Green Bay gets to select between the loser of this competition and the loser the the Vikings 2nd string competition to select their future backup QB. I don’t think there are any better options out there.
    How crazy would it be if Green Bay picked T Jack and then Rodgers got hurt? They’d have their sweet revenge…

  4. Ownership is clearly interfering. Even a head coach of Oakland would know that Leftwich should not be the starter. Or maybe his accuracy problems can be solved with a pair of black-rimmed glasses like “Wild Man” Vaughn. That can be the only thing keeping any competition alive. Well, that and merely knowing how depressing it will be to say McCown is our starting QB.

  5. SOO ummm, what happend to that Rookie to took in the 1st round of da draft?? I don’t understand why they are trying to decide between Lefty and Mck, when ur rookie should be getting a lot of reps in the pre season to evaluate his play level?? I would start Freeman, both Mck and Lefty are not the answer. Might as well start the guy you paid big bucz for. Freeman might be the better option. I’m sorry to say, but the new GM and coaching staff for the BUCz already are starting to look lost. Not a good thing for da Bucz. Morris, get it together, u look like an idiot.

  6. Why did this team get rid of Jeff Garcia? A year or two of him as a stop gap until Freeman is ready to start would have been better than this clusterfudge. Plus, better play from the quarterback position would have translated to better overall production from all those offensive skill position players whom they showered with money this offseason.

  7. “gregjennings says:
    August 28, 2009 5:02 PM
    The loser of this competition is going to get traded to Green Bay.”
    They are trading the fans to Green Bay?

  8. I think that with the way Daniels is working out in Denver and Morris in Tampa, We may be witnessing the end of this Youth in head coaching era.
    It is strange how something that takes years to build can be destroyed in 1 day.

  9. WTH! You all act like, they shouldn’t even play out the season. Denver and TB have just as good a chance as any to get to the show. Injuries can kill the best teams chances-no guarantees-anywhere.
    Remember the old saw, Rome wasn’t built in a day? Give the guys a chance. Remember Gruden? If they lose most of the games this season, then I will be joining in on the slamfest. Until then, they get my support.

  10. I don’t envy Morris having to make this decision. Hopefully our running game with the new blocking scheme with help take some pressure off the QB.
    Congrats to Lee Roy Selmon on the first Buc in the new Ring of Honor!

  11. they should wear the old orange uniforms all season , because we are gonna go 4 – 12 just like the god ol` days

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